Charles “Rick” Harrienger is a combat Vietnam Veteran who spent 20 + years in and out of VA Hospitals and clinics trying to treat his severe case of PTSD. It was not until Rick met up with Dr Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstedt Founders and Directors of a unique and highly successful organization, Soldier’s Heart Foundation, based in Troy, NY, that his life began to turn around for the better.
Ed and Kate have developed a 21st century approach, incorporating the lessons of Veterans since Odysseus to transitioning Veterans reentering the world they left behind.
Dr. Ed Tick has spent decades developing healing techniques so effective that clinicians, clergy, spiritual leaders, and veterans’ organizations all over the country are studying them.
Soldier’s Heart, which takes its name from the Civil War era term for what we now call PTSD, provides a comprehensive model to address the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds of military, their families, and society. Taking a non-medical approach, it offers genuine healing and homecoming by developing a new and honorable warrior identity supported by community.
The Soldier’s Heart Model is based on Dr. Ed Tick’s book “War and the Soul”. The book explores ancient as well as cross-cultural warrior traditions that reveal the necessities for successful warrior return.
Soldier’s Heart creates meaningful contemporary versions of these traditions, and promotes and guides community, professional, and military efforts to utilize them for healing the inevitable impact of war.
“Rick” Harrienger is just one of the many success stories that Soldier’s Heart has successfully guided back to civilian life. Rick is the author of this very compelling and appropriate poem.
For further information and to support “The Soldier’s Heart Foundation”, please contact Dr Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstedt @ http://www.soldiersheart.net/ 518-274-0501